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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Toyota locks up front row in Bahrain

Few test at Sakhir as much as Toyota, and in the lead-up to this weekend, the team made a lot of noise about using that to its advantage. Indeed, Timo Glock was fastest in the morning practice.

Now we know there might be something to that theory, as Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock put themselves on the front row for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Qualifying

China winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) finds himself in third, and Jenson Button fourth in the best of the Brawns. Both cars are running heavier.

It was a terrible day for Vettel's teammate, Mark Webber, who was blocked in Q1 by Adrian Sutil and failed to make the cut. As a result, Sutil was penalized three spots on the grid, dropping him to 19th. Webber will move up to 18th, but that must be little consolation for the Australian, who lamented, "my race is screwed."

As for the "best of the rest," both Ferraris made the final shootout, as did Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, but both BMW Saubers failed to make it out of Q2.

And Friday's pacesetter, Nico Rosberg, was ninth in the Williams, but that seems a result of a heavier fuel load.

The official weather report is still calling for the possibility of a sandstorm on race day, and who knows what kind of mayhem that will cause? But for the moment, Toyota looks to have put itself into position to be the latest to capitalize on F1's new world order.

The grid and pre-race weights
  1. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 648.5 kg
  2. Timo Glock, Toyota, 643
  3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 659
  4. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 652.5
  5. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 652.5
  6. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 649
  7. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 650.5
  8. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 664.5
  9. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 670.5
  10. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 671.5
  11. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 678.5
  12. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 680.9
  13. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 698.6
  14. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 696.3
  15. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 677.6
  16. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 678.5
  17. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 652
  18. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 656
  19. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 679*
  20. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 667.5


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